The Review of the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) has now been released.
Recommendations include renaming it to 'My Health Record' - MyHR - and that it should become an opt-out system from 1 January 2015, while retaining all the current patient controls on its use. The review proposes that in order to increase its value to clinicians, a minimum set of records including demographics, current medications and adverse events, clinical measurements and hospital discharge summaries should be implemented together at the same time.
The May Budget provided $140.6 million to support the operation of eHealth and the PCEHR system for 12 months, while the government continues planning its response to the review. Minister Dutton has foreshadowed "a considered, appropriate and efficient response to the review", and a system that will be properly funded into the future. He has indicated that the PCEHR must be more practical for the Australian public as well as more clinically relevant for doctors, nurses and other frontline health care providers.
It seems likely that the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) will be dissolved, and replaced by the Australian Commission for Electronic Health (ACeH) reporting directly to the Standing Council on Health (SCoH).
To follow the ongoing work of the Alliance on eHealth for rural people, including Fact Sheets and our submission to the PCEHR Review - and to find links to other sources of information - visit our current focus area, eHealth Records, High Speed Broadband, Telehealth and More.